Amazon announces winners of teckathon event

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AMMAN — Amazon on Tuesday announced the top three winners of Amazon Teckathon, a three-day virtual hackathon event for university students in Jordan, which took place between July 26 and 28, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The company said in a statement that the second edition of the hackathon saw the participation of students from 20 universities; the aim was to develop creative software solutions with real-life impact to improve people’s everyday lives.

The Amazon Teckathon’s 2022 edition saw 114 projects submitted; university students were encouraged to develop, design, code, and build innovative software solutions, which each team presented to a judging panel of Amazon experts in five-minute video presentations. The judging panel consisted of senior Amazon technical leaders who evaluated each submission based on software implementation, project idea, and project presentation.

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmed Hanandeh has actively supported initiatives aimed at encouraging and inspiring Jordan’s youth to improve themselves in the ever-growing field of technology and programming. Hanandeh said he was pleased to see Amazon continue to nurture talent across Jordan by bringing back the virtual hackathon event for its second year, reinforcing the importance of sharing knowledge and experience required to create the tech leaders of tomorrow.

Ammar Shanir, first-place winner from Jordan University of Science and Technology, received a scholarship prize amounting to $10,000 from Amazon for “BiLy”, an innovative application that converts speech to text in real time while distinguishing between various languages, including Arabic and English, to provide the most appropriate word.

“As a university student, I was extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to take part in the Amazon Teckathon this year. The hackathon was all-encompassing as it put my team’s creative thinking, programming skills, and time management to the test. I am so grateful for the entire experience as it has honed my technical and programming skills. This was an unforgettable experience and I am honored that the expert panel recognized my work,” Shanir said.

Country Manager Amazon in Jordan Mahmoud Obeidat said: “This year, we were once again very impressed with the level of innovation, skill, and dedication brought to the Amazon Teckathon event by participating students. Our second edition of the event truly encouraged customer-centric thinking … and it has been inspiring to see students embrace the Amazon culture while delivering an exceptional level of competition during the hackathon.”

“Congratulations to the Amazon Teckathon 2022 winners and all participants for their effort and ingenious software solutions. Several of our technology teams for the region are based out of Amman, a commitment to our recognition of the very strong programming landscape and brilliant talents present in Jordan, which we look forward to continue nurturing,” he added.

Abdullrahman Wasfi and Layan AlHimsi, the participants that came in second place with their “Nedz” software solution, as well as Shahed Nabeel and Mohammad Alkhateeb who were awarded third place in this year’s Amazon Teckathon for their work on the “Detector” project, respectively took home scholarships of $7,000 and $5,000 from Amazon, which will contribute to their education, the statement added.

Aiming to help improve communication skills between autistic individuals and their caregivers, Abdullrahman Wasfi and Layan AlHimsi from Princess Sumaya University for Technology created “Nedz”, an application that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to better understand the needs of autistic individuals.

Third place recipients Nabeel and Alkhateeb, from Yarmouk University, created “Detector”, an application that uses AI to detect skin cancer, providing a detailed evaluation in terms of type and accuracy by simply taking a picture.

Amazon also recognized winners in one special category, “Best Customer Centric Solution for MENA Customers”, which was awarded to Abdel Rahman Al Sabbagh and Faris AlHumsi, who won their own Kindle devices for the creation of “Saiph”.

This AI searching system thoroughly examines files and documents for quality to provide the best possible content. It takes multiple factors into consideration, such as identifying relevant synonyms, repetition, misspellings and dialect, sharing results efficiently to meet the desired criteria.

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